Let There Be Light! Window Light.

The window is a softbox, free of cumbersome assembly and, most importantly, free of charge. Those of us who shoot in studio, often plunk a pretty penny in to purchasing hot lights, strobes and softbox diffusers to soften the look of those hot lights and strobes. Window light is nature’s gift to Shutterbugs, Enthusiasts and Pros alike. Here are a few tips for using window light in photography.

1. Location: If possible, choose a window that a) does not receive direct sunlight and b) is not blocked by objects (interior objects like furniture / exterior objects like buildings and trees)

2. Time of Day: At certain times of day the light streaming through your window may be too bright. When the sun is at it’s harshest, it will cast a bright square on the wall or floor.

3. Position: For soft lighting place your subject outside that bright square. With accurate metering, you can capture some interesting shadow effects by placing your subject partially or fully  inside that bright square. Start by positioning your subject in front of the window with your back to the window (be careful not to block your light).  Switch places and place your subject against the window to experiment with back-lighting; be mindful that metering for backlight can be tricky.

The subject in this photo was placed outside the bright square

The subject in this photo was placed inside the bright square

The subject in this photo was placed mostly outside the bright square and back-lit

The subject in this photo was placed inside the bright square and back-lit

This fountain was in a prime location for lots of soft window light.

4. Modify: Light modifiers like reflectors can be handy in eliminating unwanted shadows cast on your subject.


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